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Firefox 3.1 beta 2
swa66




msg:3802994
 12:13 am on Dec 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

Firefox 3.1 Beta2 was released

Quoting [developer.mozilla.org...] :

New features and changes in this milestone that require feedback include:
  • This beta is now available in 54 languages - get your local version and let us know if it looks right.
  • A new Private Browsing Mode that allows you to browse without Firefox storing any traces of where youve been - perfect for online holiday shopping!
  • New functions that make it easy to remove the history of your past few hours of browsing, or remove all traces of a website.
  • New support for web worker threads.
  • The new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine is now on by default for web content.
  • Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
  • Removed the new tab-switching & preview behavior based on feedback from Beta 1 users
  • Support for new web technologies such as the <video> and <audio> elements, the W3C Geolocation API, JavaScript query selectors, CSS 2.1 and 3 properties, SVG transforms and offline applications.

 

Hester




msg:3803246
 9:46 am on Dec 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

speculative parsing for faster content rendering

What exactly is that?

JS_Harris




msg:3803293
 11:58 am on Dec 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

A new Private Browsing Mode that allows you to browse without Firefox storing any traces of where you�ve been - perfect for online holiday shopping!

Is 3.1 Beta2 ushering in the death of affiliate marketing? No cookies = no refferal fees. Does the "any trace" include cookies too?

henry0




msg:3803299
 12:15 pm on Dec 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

Why does the downloadable exec comes from .ru
I stopped it
does yours too come from Russia?

JS_Harris




msg:3803306
 12:39 pm on Dec 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

Not enough material to read and no feedback yet so I haven't downloaded it.

If the new version blocks affiliates by default a lot of sites will pack it in though I can't imagine Mozilla would think it's a good idea to block cookies by default. Waiting patiently to hear on the matter...

koan




msg:3803319
 1:17 pm on Dec 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

No cookies = no refferal fees.

No cookies, no login on many sites requiring user accounts, so I doubt they disable it during the session, ideally they would just erase it all when the browser is closed.

JS_Harris




msg:3803346
 1:55 pm on Dec 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

So long as the affiliate code sticks when the visitors changes sites...

Clearing cookies when the browser is closed already exists so it's not the "new" they're talking about(see:tools/options/private data). I wonder how many millions of dollars that little checkbox has cost affiliates.

[edited by: JS_Harris at 1:57 pm (utc) on Dec. 9, 2008]

henry0




msg:3803347
 1:59 pm on Dec 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

ideally they would just erase it all when the browser is closed.

As per computerWorld it works as described above

I earlier mentioned a download.ru
I guess they offer a random d-load location to balance the downloads heavy traffic, the next one when I tried again was .de

nealrodriguez




msg:3803504
 4:52 pm on Dec 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

the un of browsers

GaryK




msg:3803562
 5:37 pm on Dec 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

I don't get what they mean about 2.x users being offered a free [developer.mozilla.org] upgrade? Is that some silly attempt at humor? Or perhaps a lame attempt at marketing?

weeks




msg:3803665
 7:38 pm on Dec 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

I don't get what they mean about 2.x users being offered a free upgrade? Is that some silly attempt at humor? Or perhaps a lame attempt at marketing?

I saw that as well. Couldn't make it make sense.

Robert Charlton




msg:3803912
 1:51 am on Dec 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

...2.x users being offered a free upgrade...

Maybe that's the next step before they offer to pay users to upgrade. ;)

Note that the upgrade choices are "Later"/ "Never"/ "Get the new version"... and that "Never" doesn't mean never.

Is it faster?

henry0




msg:3804193
 12:01 pm on Dec 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

You better keep your prior version (anyway this beta won't overwrite a previous version if d-loaded in another dir/)
Reason: 3.1 has almost none of the usual plugins available such as yslow etc...

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